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Montana coronavirus report

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to impact the U.S. and Montana, we’ll provide regular updates with the latest news and information. Figures and information are accurate at the time of publication.

Playing catch-up with the curve

Montana's COVID-19 surge is delaying some county health departments' contact tracing efforts, decreasing the strategy's utility and forcing adjustments.

‘Put through the wringer’

With staffing hobbled by COVID and quarantine, Kalispell’s hospital imports extra help and prepares to open an alternative care facility built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.


LATEST CASE NUMBERS

As of Friday, December 4, Montana reports a cumulative total of 66,436 confirmed COVID-19 cases, including 1,254 new cases since yesterday, 16,492 active cases, and 49,217 people considered recovered. State officials also report that 2,810 of the cases have resulted in hospitalizations, with 483 patients currently hospitalized. There have been 727 Montana deaths attributed to the disease. The state’s official dashboard is here, and more information on the numbers reported by the state is here.

As of Nov. 20, a state mask mandate is in effect in all Montana counties regardless of active case count.


COVID-19 HEADLINES

Going it alone

Trump’s lame-duck status leaves governors — including Montana’s — to wing it on COVID response.

COVID and the Capitol

This week’s leadership caucuses at the Montana Capitol raised the specter of flouted health directives, but rules for the upcoming session remain to be set.

Bullock announces new COVID restrictions

Gov. Steve Bullock has announced new public health orders, including limits on gathering sizes and restaurant and bar operations, in response to a continued surge of new COVID-19 infections in Montana.

‘We are struggling’

On two separate occasions in recent weeks, the Flathead City-County Health Board has rejected proposals to limit indoor public gatherings to 500 people.

Phase none

As COVID-19 continues to spread uncontrolled across Montana, four hospitals are operating beyond their capacity, schools and businesses are closing and officials are pleading for people to follow public health guidance.

Breaking out in prison

Nine months since the coronavirus pandemic began afflicting the country, some of Montana’s most highly populated correctional facilities are swamped with disease spread that shows no sign of being contained.

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MORE COVID-19 COVERAGE

Blackfeet Reservation gets additional ballot boxes

Glacier County has opened two new ballot drop-off sites just days before Election Day after receiving complaints from residents on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation, where a stay-at-home order is currently in effect to combat COVID-19.

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